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From Bucharest: Peles, Bran Castle & Old Town Brasov Tour

1. From Bucharest: Peles, Bran Castle & Old Town Brasov Tour

Discover some of Romania's most famous castles on a guided tour from Bucharest. See Peles Castle and Bran Castle, and take some free time to stroll through the Old Town of Brasov. Following pickup from Bucharest by bus, leave the city for Sinaia. Visit Peles Castle, the former residence of the kings of Romania. Here, admire furniture, ornamental objects, carpets, tapestries, sculptures, paintings and collections of weapons from the 15th to 19th centuries. Continue to Bran with its famous Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle. Learn about the castle's history and how it had a strategic mission being the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Enjoy free time in Brasov and admire the town's houses built in the Renaissance, Baroque, Provincial and neo-Classic style. Explore the medieval fortress of Brasov, formerly one of Europe's most secure fortresses. See the preserved old wall, the Black and White Towers and the Weaver's Bastion. Also, learn about Catherine's Gate, situated near the Schei Gate in the western part of the fortress and its 4 little towers symbolizing the medieval right of life and death over the vassal's lives. Later, return to Bucharest with drop-off at your accommodation.

From Bucharest: Dracula Castle, Peles & Brasov Full-Day Trip

2. From Bucharest: Dracula Castle, Peles & Brasov Full-Day Trip

Escape the bustle of Bucharest and spend a day immersing yourself in the landscapes and landmarks of Transylvania. Encounter the historic castles, rich scenery, and evocative atmosphere of this unique region. Enjoy a pickup from nearby meeting points, and guided tours of these fascinating monuments. Start your day trip with a visit to Peles Castle, set in the scenic mountain resort of Sinaia, known as the Pearl of the Carpathians. Tour the Romanian royal family’s former summer residence, which showcases a magnificent palace in the German Renaissance style. Next, enjoy free time for lunch in the town of Brasov. Start exploring this fascinating Transylvanian town from its main square, and stroll around its well-kept historical center as you see sights like the Gothic Black Church, old City Hall, and the narrowest street in Europe. Encounter Bran Castle for your final tour stop, also commonly known as Dracula’s Castle. Take a walk inside its grandiose towers and down its winding narrow staircases and passages, and learn about the infamous Vlad the Impaler.

Bucharest: Transylvania Day Trip to Dracula Castle & Brasov

3. Bucharest: Transylvania Day Trip to Dracula Castle & Brasov

Enjoy a full-day trip from Bucharest to discover the Bran Castle, the inspiration for Dracula's Castle. Explore the city of Brasov on a guided tour and see the Peles Castle, the former home of the Romanian royal family. The first stop on your Transylvania adventure will be in the picturesque landscape of Sinaia, the so-called Pearl of the Carpathians. Here, discover Peles Castle, a masterpiece of design with unique turrets and great attention to detail. After taking in some unbelievable views across the mountains from Peles Castle, the trip continues to the medieval Bran Castle, better known as Dracula's Castle due to its association with Vlad the Impaler. In Brasov, follow your guide on a walking tour to admire sights such as Brasov's Council Square and the Black Church, one of the main attractions in Brasov.

From Bucharest: Peles and Dracula's Castle Full-Day Tour

4. From Bucharest: Peles and Dracula's Castle Full-Day Tour

Travel with your guide in the morning from Bucharest to the countryside. See famous architecture, including Dracula's Castle, and ancient architecture in Brasov before returning to your accommodation. Leave the city with your guide on the route to Sinaia. Visit the Peles Castle, former summer residence of the kings of Romania. Admire a museum of furniture and ornamental objects, carpets, tapestry, sculptures, paintings, and a weaponry collections from the 15th up to the 19th century. Continue the journey to Bran, famous for Bran Castle, also called Dracula's Castle, known for its significance in local and history, and literature.

Brasov: Peles Castle, Bran Castle & Rasnov Fortress Tour

5. Brasov: Peles Castle, Bran Castle & Rasnov Fortress Tour

Your tour will begin as you are taken by a professional guide from your hotel in Brasov. From here you will travel with a luxury Mercedes high-class van, which you will be your mode of transportation for all 3 of your sights included in the tour. You will begin with a tour of Pele's Castle, a summer residence belonging to the royal family of Romania which was built in the 19th century by Carol the First, the first king of Romania. It is the most beautiful castle in Romania, and one of the greatest in Europe. Next up you will visit Bran Castle, also known as "Dracula's Castle" and built in the 14th century. Whilst here you will learn how this castle was made famous by the Irish writer Bram Stoker. Legends, spirits, ghosts, and many mysteries will be encountered whilst visiting Dracula's Castle. Your final stop will be to the Rasnov Fortress, built in the 13th century on top of a rocky hill creating the perfect vantage point over the surrounding valley. This unique vantage point is the reason why it was only conquered once in 1611. You will be able to admire the beautiful mountain scenery of the Bucegi Mountains, Tara Barsei, and many others. In the evening, you will be returned back to your hotel with beautiful memories of the day.

Sinaia: Peleș Castle Tour with An Expert Guide

6. Sinaia: Peleș Castle Tour with An Expert Guide

After meeting your guide just outside the Peleș Castle, your 1-hour guided tour will start as you are transported into the history of this amazing building. Walk through the impressive hallway on the ground floor where you can admire the enormous reception room and the four statues representing the four seasons. Next, see one of the biggest weapon collections Romania and Europe has ever seen, totalling more then 4000 pieces from all over the world. Move on to see the king's office followed by the Arabic and the Turkish rooms. As you explore the 1st floor, see the large number of rooms used by different members of the royal house, including the king's and queen's apartments. Most impressive amongst these rooms is the imperial apartment, specially decorated for the Austrian Emperor, who, somewhat ironically, never spent a night in the castle.   This is a truly magical place to visit and a must-see for every Romania visitor. Soak up the magnificent atmosphere and enjoy this tour guided through the past.

Bucharest: Transylvania and Dracula's Castle 2-Day Tour

7. Bucharest: Transylvania and Dracula's Castle 2-Day Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the Count Dracula legend on a 2-day tour to Peles Castle and Bran Castle in the Transylvanian mountains. Wander the ornate rooms and gardens of former royal residences, and see Saxon houses that date back to the 16th century. The scenic drive takes you high up into the Carpathian Mountains where time has stood still at enchanting villages, and where Romanians head in the winter to ski at the mountain resort of Sinaia. Day 1: Bucharest - Sighisoara Following a pick-up from your hotel in Bucharest (or from Revolution Square at 09:00), cross the Carpathian Mountains en route to Sibiu, stopping at the Monastery of Curtea de Arges to explore the complex founded by Prince Neagoe Basarab in 1514-1517. During the summer (1 June - 15 September), the route to Sibiu takes the unique Transfagarasan Road across the Carpathians, climbing to an altitude of 2,000 meters at its highest point. Upon arrival in Sibiu, enjoy a quick tour of the medieval city center. Then, drive to Sighisoara on the picturesque Tarnava Mare River. Marvel at the beautifully preserved citadel, and wander the enclosed walls and cobblestone streets of the Old Town. See Saxon houses that date back to the 16th century, and the 9 surviving towers, including the iconic Clock Tower. From the balcony of this former main gate to the city, enjoy beautiful views across the town and countryside. Immerse yourself in the medieval atmosphere at sights such as the former Church of the Dominican Monastery, where valuable relics include a fresco of the Saint Trinity, a carved altarpiece, and Oriental carpets. Day 2: Sighisoara - Brasov - Bran - Bucharest Today you will drive to Brasov to discover where Vlad the Impaler led his raids against the German Saxons. Explore the medieval city center on a tour of the Black Church, Town Hall, Black Tower, and Ecaterina Gate. Then, continue to “Dracula’s Castle,” located between the Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains. More commonly known as “Bran Castle,” the important monument depends on the legend of Count Dracula for its reputation, but is also acclaimed for its beauty. Learn the history of the castle, from the 14th century to the day in December 1920 when the castle was donated to Queen Marie of Great Romania. Admire the fountains, lakes, and halt terraces of the former royal summer residence, and see the "Tea House" of Queen Marie. Continue to the beautiful mountain resort of Sinaia, known as "The Pearl of the Carpathians." Here, you will visit Peles Castle, one of Romania's most exquisite palaces. Learn about the Romanian kings that used the castle as their summer residence as you admire its intricate façades and see wooden towers that reach for the sky. Discover the fountains and statues built by Viennese architects in the grounds, and imagine the balls, concerts, literary events, and theatrical performances of Romanian high society in days gone by. Wander the opulent interiors to find ebony, walnut and mother of pearl. Go to the terraces and grand outhouses of the castle complex, such as Pelisor Castle and Sinaia Monastery. Venture inside the Monastery, built by the "Spatar" (a high ranking noble of the Valahian Kingdom), Mihai Cantacuzino following his pilgrimage to Mount Sinai. The monastery contains religious icons and rare books, as well as an exhibition of pottery and porcelain that dates from the 16th to the 19th centuries. There will be time to visit the 19th-century wine cellars from Azuga, built by the Rhein family, official suppliers to the Royal Court. Purchase some authentic still wines and sparkling wines of Romania, before transferring back to Bucharest in the evening.

From Bucharest: Day Trip to Dracula and Peles Castle

8. From Bucharest: Day Trip to Dracula and Peles Castle

Enjoy amazing views of the Prahova Valley on this day trip from Bucharest. Nothing will be left to the imagination as you travel to Peles Castle in a car with a panoramic roof. Admire the mysterious beauty of Bran Castle, more commonly known as "Dracula's Castle." Built at the end of the 19th-century during more than 40 years of craftmanship, Peles Castle represents a blend of the neo-Renaissance and Gothic Revival architectural styles. Its interior has over 170 rooms decorated in Florentine, Turkish, Moorish, and other styles. The next attraction of the tour will be the medieval Bran Castle, the last royal estate of the Romanian monarchy. There, have the chance to immerse yourself into the legend of Vlad the Impaler, the real life person Bram Stoker's "Dracula" novel was based on. Next, have a nice lunch and have a questions and answers session with your guide before going back to Bucharest. The tour will be done at a slow pace with a lot of time to take photos and enjoy the fascinating stories behind these places.

From Bucharest: Day Trip to Sinaia

9. From Bucharest: Day Trip to Sinaia

After being picked up from your accommodation in Bucharest travel to the stunning city of Sinaia. You will start the day in Sinaia by visiting Peles, the palace of the first Romanian king. After your palace visit you take a short walk to the smaller, but equally beautiful palace, Pelisor. After you finish exploring the royal estate you go to the beautiful Sinaia Monastery. In the afternoon you will take a short drive to Azuga and visit the Rhein Wine Cellar to learn about the production of sparkling wine. Then enjoy some delicious local sparkling wine. End your day by visiting the charming memorial house of the great Romanian composer, George Enescu.

From Bucharest: Private Dracula and Peles Castles Day Tour

10. From Bucharest: Private Dracula and Peles Castles Day Tour

You’ll travel from Bucharest to Sinaia on this full-day excursion that takes you through one of the most beautiful valleys in Romania. Visit Peles Castle, once the summer residence of Romanian kings, and now home to one of the country’s most important museums. The Castle dates from the late 19th century, and has 160 opulently decorated rooms. It is the final resting place for several Romanian monarchs, including King Carol I, who died here in 1914, as well as King Ferdinand and Queen Maria. Stopping at a mountain pass, you’ll have lunch in a typical Romanian village overlooking a small river. Continue on to Rasnov Citadel, built to help defend the villages of Transylvania. Visit medieval Bran Castle, popularly known as Dracula’s Castle. Bran Castle was built in the mid-14th century on a rock standing 60 meters high. It features 4 towers with walls made of stone blocks, and its rooms and narrow corridors form a mysterious labyrinth of ghostly nooks and secret chambers. In the inner courtyard there are artesian wells, connected to an underground network.

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What people are saying about Sinaia

Very nice trip. It's cool stuff to see. There were 8 of us together. Hadn't noticed that Pele Castle had closed on Monday so we only saw it from the outside. I thought the time at Bran Castle was a little too short. We only had a ride to the castle and nothing else. So maybe a slightly shorter lunch. Would recommend. Alex was a nice guide but spoke far too softly. He drove a little fresh.

We had a really nice trip. Our guide Andrei made the day super entertaining and thanks to his interesting information, the drive also flew by :)

Absolutely amazing day. We saw so much in just a day, and the small group size meant that we weren't rushed and it felt really personal

Wonderful sites, fantastic host and a very small personal group. We had such a fantastic day out with Marius. 100% recommend this tour.

Great tour. Emanuel our guide was amazing ! Very helpful, knowledgeable and a really fun guy !